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Villas of Montemurlo

All over Montemurlo there are great villas belonged since remote ages to florentine merchants families. Since the 15th century, some of the main families (Pucci, Baldi, Ridolfi, Gucci, Pazzi) invested here their money. The social class of the owners testifies the stateliness and refinement of these residences. Among the most beautiful villas: Villa del Barone, wanted by Baccio Valori where stayed the Grand dukes of Tuscany; Villa Strozzi, owned by the Strozzi family of which Piero was a member, famous for the conspiracy of the exiled florentine against the power of Cosimo De Medici; Villa Giamari belonged first to the Villani family and after to the Giamari family (rich merchants of Armenian origins); Villa Pazzi al Parugiano, of the Pazzi family. The Villas can be visited only on special occasions and on request, but their architecture can be well appreciated from the outside.

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